Originally Posted by eightninesuited
My friend bought a 820 from a good Canadian retailer Gibbys.
I went to his house to set it up. Good thing I brought my SPL meter.
Onkyo dropped Audyssey for This????
I have used Pioneer, Yamaha and even Harman's old crappy setup.
Never have I come across a more crappier auto calibration system.
One position. One. In 2019 in a upper level receiver!
It set the crossovers to 200hz for the towers. Wtf..... why even bother including this stupid thing....
The only thing it got right was the distance of the speakers.
Great receiver... horrible calibration system.
You really don't think that other ARC systems don't ever come up with incorrect crossovers?
I ran mine a total of 4 times, twice it was correct, twice it also came up with the odd 200hz. Move the mic an inch or two and it can affect the results. Nothing wrong with one mic position as it's impossible to calibrate for a wide space without making compromises within that space.
I sit in one position, why would I need to have a mic in 10 other positions?
The room and speakers are much more important than someone else's idea of what your speakers should sound like.
After upgrading from a 2009 HK it was like I got new speakers and the bass was much better. The extra power is most likely the reason for the better speaker performance because I really can't tell any difference with AccuEQ on or off. I just leave it on anyway. All it took was a little manual tweaking to get the bass setup.
The subEQ of Audyssey is about the only part of that ARC that might be useful to more people depending on the room setup. There are many users that much prefer how their setup sounds with AccuEQ than with Audyssey, especially the bass.
Bottom line, move the mic a little, use a mic stand or at least a tripod and run it again or just don't use it and do a manual setup it's not that hard.